DOI: 10.12924/cis2015.03010018 |Publication Date: 4 December 2015

A Review of "The Politics of Sustainability: Philosophical Perspectives"

José Goldemberg
Electrotechnical and Energy Institute (IEE), University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil
Abstract: Concerns about sustainable development are not a recent phenomenon. Societal problem-solving efforts within this realm have focused on concrete problems such as the preservation of fisheries, forests and national reserves. 'The Politics of Sustainability' has been discussed extensively in  literature, particularly after the publication of the Brundtland Commission's 'Our Common Future' report in 1987 [1] emphasizing inter-generational responsibilities involving economic, environmental and social aspects. Among other areas, the authors of the report highlighted the challenge of global climate change resulting from, amongst other things, unsustainable patterns of consumption. 'The Politics of Sustainability: Philosophical Perspectives', edited by Dieter Birnhacher and May Thorseth, brings  a new angle into the discussion of the politics of sustainable development: ethical considerations.

Keywords: ethics; intergenerational responsibility; philosophical perspectives; sustainability; technological leapfrogging


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